Bee-killing pesticides quietly permitted by the UK government – Guardian letter – 23 July 2015

It is a disgrace that the government delayed the announcement of its decision on granting the National Farmers’ Union permission to use neonicotinoid seed treatments until after parliament had gone into recess. No surprise, given it had already suppressed publication of the agenda and minutes of the expert committee on pesticides meeting on 20 May.…

Nie mehr Cockpit wegen Depressionen: Ein Pilot erzählt – Berliner Morgenpost – 24 March 2016

Er hatte starke Depressionen, wie Andreas Lubitz am Steuer des Germanwings-Jets: Ein Pilot erzählt, dass er kein Cockpit mehr betritt. Flensburg.  Ein griechisches Restaurant an einer dunklen Flensburger Ausfallstraße. Draußen toben Orkanböen, drinnen weht der Geruch von Suflaki und Gyros durch den Gastraum. Man erwartet keine Gourmetküche bei einem Griechen wie diesem. Man erwartet vernünftige…

Contaminated Air In Passenger Jets And The Danger To Your Health – Yahoo News – 17 March 2016

A flight abroad could bring about serious health issues in what has been dubbed ‘aerotoxic syndrome’. Concerns have been raised about the quality of air circulating in the cabins of aircraft which can bring on various illnesses. Leaks and fumes from jet engine oil and toilet spillages are thought to be the cause of the…

Panic on board Air Europa flight from Barcelona to Tel Aviv as ’10 passengers faint after reporting strong smell of gas’ – Daily Mail 12 March 2016

  Passengers told Israeli media that 10 people fainted during the flight One passenger said she reported a ‘strong smell of gas’ to cabin crew She said a flight attendant told her it was ‘OK’ and not to worry Passengers said ‘hysterical’ cabin crew asked if a doctor was on board Air Europa said around…

Airborne toxins on jet planes identified – Oman Daily Observer – 23 February 2016

Physicians in Germany have identified toxins in the bodies of aircraft crew members who fell ill during flights, presumably due to contaminated air from the engines. While, there have been numerous reports of serious in-flight incidents possibly caused by toxic fumes in cockpits and cabins over the years, the medical ramifications of contaminated air had…